Shrimp, halibut seasons in Whidbey waters announced

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) released the dates for halibut and spot shrimp (prawn) seasons in Puget Sound waters on Monday.

The halibut season opens on Thursday, May 4, and is also open on May 6 and May 11.

If there is sufficient quota remaining, WDFW is considering the following dates for re-opening: May 21, May 25, June 1 and June 4.

Anglers are limited to one catch throughout Puget Sound. There is no minimum size restriction.

The shrimp season opens Saturday, May 6 throughout the Sound, while the season length varies in different marine areas. Marine areas in the South Sound and around Whidbey Island are slated to have shorter seasons due to “very large catches last season,” according to WDFW shellfish biologist Mark O’Toole.

Marine areas 8-1 (Saratoga Passage), 8-2 (east of Clinton) and 9 (Admiralty Inlet) are scheduled to be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 6 and May 17. Anglers are limited to 80 shrimp per day.

Marine areas further north and in the Strait of Juan de Fuca have longer shrimping seasons.

WDFW will announce additional dates and times if the halibut and shrimp quota remains after the initially scheduled fishing days. For updated information on sport shrimp and halibut seasons, visit the WDFW website.